T.D.E’s Jay Rock Releases New Hit – ft Kendrick Lamar and Chantal [FULL TRACK] @jayrock @kendricklamar @topdawgent @

T.D.E.'s Jay Rock Releases New Hit ft Kendrick Lamar and Chantal

T.D.E’s Jay Rock Releases New Hit – ft Kendrick Lamar and Chantal

Over the course of the past two years, it has been well known that Top Dawg Entertainment is the new dominating force in hip hop. Of the original four members on the imprint, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock (collectively known as Black Hippy), Rock is the only one who has not yet had a major album release. That seems to be changing soon! After the success of “Parental Advisory”, which just explodes with some Warren G type West Coast bombness, Rock’s new single “Pay For It” has just been released. “Pay For It” brings together label mate Kendrick Lamar and songstress Chantal to make a track that really displays Jay Rock’s talent. Indeed, he is probably the hardest of the conglomerate when it comes to raw flow and content mateial. NAd we can’t help but to love it! Listen to the full track below!
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Prince & @3RDEYEGIRL – Empty Room (Paisley Park Studios Rehearsal – 10.27.14) @3rdEyeBoy

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Nice dusting off a old Prince bootleg joint.  Although this has been done better elsewhere, we are happy the World can hear it..at least for the time being.  Enjoy. Read more of this post

Paolo Apollo Negri – Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style [FULL ALBUM] @HammondFunk

Paolo Apollo Negri - Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style

Paolo Apollo Negri – Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style

This is not something you see or hear everyday. A musician since the 90’s, Negri has been an experimenter and inventor with the Hammond Organ. Now, almost with two decades of experience, Negri blends the sounds of the Hammond with synthesizers and collaborates with other madmen and women of electro-pop to make this funky, bluesy, soulful sound. In some songs, you can’t tell if this is a 70’s throwback, a Prince lilt, or something all together futuristic. You can stream his new album “Hello World” below!
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New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More @LALeakers @Tinashe @jayrock @MilaJ

New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More

New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More

The L.A. Leakers (aka J Cruz and Justin Credible of Power 106‘s The Lift Off) have done it  again! They have compiled a compelling list of new sounds from up and coming artists for us all to know and fall in love with. In this video they have samples from some names that we should know. Firstly, the new song from TDE’s Jay Rock is killing it with so much LA-West Coast verve. Following that is new music from Jhene Aiko‘s sister, Mila J. Additionally, there are new sounds from a new comer “Audio Push“, and then from the rising star Tinashe. Check the full video out below and get into your new favorite songs.
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Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Have the “No Better Blues” [FULL DOWNLOAD] @chancetherapper

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiement Have the No Better Blues

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Have the “No Better Blues”

Blues as a style of music is rooted deeply in the Black American soul. Moreover, it is an important precursor to hip hop. In this new song from one of our favorite new school rappers, Chance the Rapper, he espouses on all the things he “hates”. In a song that could be described as nihilsm and total disenchantment, it has an ecclesiastical sound and feel to it. The Social Experiment is a longtime collaborator with the rapper. Listening to the song, it’s unclear if Chance is playing a character, or if we should be concerned. Nonetheless, it makes for good mood music. Listen to it below.
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Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

She’s so silly. Our favorite modern Lady of Soul and the epitome of Grace, Erykah Badu took to the streets of New York to perform a little diddy and solicit money from the passerbys. In an iPhone film that she edited herself, she shows what  it looks like to have moxie and grit to put yourself out there. Of course, the great irony is she barely collected $4, which in someways is a tongue and cheek remark on how difficult it really is to be jobless and street hustling. Watch the full video below.
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Tea Instead of Coffee- British Soul in the Morning With Alice Russell [FULL SINGLE] @alicemcrussell

Tea Instead of Coffee- British Soul in the Morning With Alice Russell

Tea Instead of Coffee- British Soul in the Morning With Alice Russell

Alice Russell is another voice in the cadre of soulstars whose influence is rippling across the Atlantic. Her voice is mahogany deep with potent clarity. And the instrumentation on her EP is simple, but update. Three tracks deep yet enough to give you a sample of her honey sweet, this is most certainly a record worth spinning. It becomes available to the public on October 20th, but you can listen to the first track “I’m The Man, That Will Find You” below the jump!
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German Soul Martini – “Shaken Not Stirred” by Voodoo Princess [FULL ALBUM] @lacretba

German Soul Martini - Shaken Not Stirred byVoodoo Princess

German Soul Martini – “Shaken Not Stirred” by Voodoo Princess

Our European influenced soul music has been hailing from London. With the proliferation of Sam Sparro and Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming album, it seems that the British brand was here to stay. But now another country that is technically from across the pond is making a splash! Voodoo Princess is bringing so much soul, sass, and spark in this delicate and beautiful album Shaken Not Stirred. 

“It’s like Motown kissing Rock’n’Roll, heavily pregnant by James Bond, with a slight touch of jazz and elegant 60s flair!” Released in June 2014, Voodoo Princess’ debut album ‘Shaken Not Stirred’ reminisces the likes of Amy Winehouse, classic Motown and Stax acts like The Supremes, Otis Redding and contemporary retro soul-acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
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“STN MTN” is Childish Gambino’s Mixtape Tribute to Home [FULL TAPE] @donaldglover

“STN MTN” is Childish Gambino‘s Mixtape Tribute to Home

The renaissance rapper’s latest mixtape is available and capturing our hearts. Gambino’s unique style is at once effervescent and biting. He has the unique ability to occupy this space that is both flighty-pop and serious-hip hop. And laced with great samples, this makes for more than pleasant listening! Download the whole mixtape below the jump!
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Mary J. Teams Up with Disclosure on “F For You” [FULL VIDEO] @maryjblige @disclosure

Mary J Blige Teams Up With Discloure on F For You

Mary J. Teams Up with Disclosure on “F For You”

Mary J. Blige‘s latest music endeavors has us excited! We know that her new album London Sessions promises to be a huge hit. And as we know, he feature with Sam Smith was a beautiful triumph. Mary is now performing with one of Sam’s partner groups, Disclosure, for this upbeat dance number. Reminding us of a Martha Walsh from back in the day, “F For You” will make you groove!
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Lumidee – “Lumi” Mixtape [FULL STREAM + MP3 DOWNLOAD]


We are curious to hear this new mix tape from the artist that brought you “Never Leave You (Uh Oh)”, the infectious hit from 2003. Lumidee rose quickly and needs a comeback. Listen and decide if anything on this new project will make that happen. Read more of this post

#TBT Hear J5’s Long Lost First Single Ever: Jackson 5 – I’m a Big Boy RARE GROOVE

We are amazed to hear this extremely rare track from the Jackson 5.  Not only does it have an insane beat with an intro and break that would make Golden era hip hop producers blush, but it also features amazing vocals by Michael Jackson, of course.  According to Rolling Stone, this track is their first ever recording. Read more of this post

“Things Fall Together” in a Beautiful Way with Falana [FULL STREAM]

Things Fall Together in a Beautiful Way with Falana

“Things Fall Together” in a Beautiful Way with Falana

Falana is an artist making a way for herself in the soul circles around the globe. This mysterious chanteuse packs so much soul in to not just her voice but her lyrics. In every song of this brief EP Things Fall Together, we get a sense of Falana’s passion for life, love, and music. Instantly hooked by (what appears to be) the centerpiece song “To Bernard”, we soon realized that the entire EP was a rich soul treasure. This is a must listen. Support the artist by streaming below and using the link to purchase the album!
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Joy Daniels & Serenity Tree – What’s Going On 2014 SINGLE @joyforthepeople


Super soulful and fresh take on the classic Marvin Gaye track from this Cambridge, Mass singer and band. Peep this and follow them for sure. She is doing big things and has the makings of something big. Think Ledisi. We dig for sure. Honestly, artists like this remind us of why we are doing this. Well done.

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“Vendetta” – Elijah Blake ft J. Cole [FULL STREAM] @SirElijahBlake @JColeNC

Vendetta - Elijah Blake ft J. Cole

“Vendetta” – Elijah Blake ft J. Cole

On first listen, it’s hard to categorize this song. J. Cole’s upbeat rhyming rhythm in the intro to the song makes it feel like hip-hop, but this beat is certainly not.  Elijah Blake has this haunted voice that winds and crescendos. What is clear though is that this is a nice coming together of styles and rhythms that we can certainly get in to. Take a listen to the song below the jump!
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Aretha Franklin Smashes a Cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” [FULL VIDEO] @ArethaFranklin @Letterman @OfficialAdele

Aretha Franklin Smashes a Cover of Adele's Rolling in the Deep

Aretha Franklin Smashes a Cover of Adele’sRolling in the Deep

We learned on Sunday from the interview with Andre 3000 that Aretha Franklin was busy working on a cover album. On this album she will be sampling from the best of soul music to make songs in ways that only the Queen of Soul could. With a date of October 21st, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics is sure to make all our heads explode. For now, we get a taste of the album with her stellar performance of a mashup of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell‘s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“. With Cissy Houston as background vocalist, Sister Re blew the roof off of Letterman. Watch the full video below.
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Where I’m From – Mini-Documentary Series from JAY-Z’s Life+Times [FULL VIDEO] @S_C_ @DJMustard

Where I'm From - Mini-Documentary Series

Where I’m From – Mini-Documentary Series from JAY-Z’s Life+Times

The media mogul Mr. Carter has partnered with Vitamin Water to release a mini-documentary series that details the lives of young hip-hop starts. The focus on this episode is DJ Mustard, the LA based producer. DJ Mustard’s name seems synonymous now with modern pop culture hip-hop. In this short flick, Mustard discusses his work ethic, which is way in elevating his status and name to a ubiquitous stature.
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Start Your Morning Right – “Walter’s Call” by Swindle [FULL SONG] @swindle

Start Your Morning Right - Walter's Call by Swindle

Start Your Morning Right – “Walter’s Call” by Swindle

This is something that you do not hear everyday. Quite literally, Swindle is redefining jazz. By keeping the bedrock staples (a trumpet, a bass) Swindle is an artist that is incorporating a whole slew of experimental sounds into his records to make something that is once new-age and yet entirely classic. Another production of Brownswood Records, you know that this song is a going to be a rare gem. Listen to this electro-fused jazz number in all of it’s glory below. Trust, you will have no need for your morning coffee after this!
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KING Performs the Electric “Supernatural” [FULL VIDEO]

KING Performa the Electric Supernatural

KING Performs the Electric “Supernatural”

It’s been three years since this trio first came under the recognition of Prince. Sisters Paris and Amber Strother and partner Anita Bias make up the soulful group known as KING. Their song “Supernatural” is said to have been the recording that Prince heard one day and prompted him to reach out to the women of the band. A soulhead Top 20 Artist to Watch in 2014, this recording is special and melodic. Watch the video below the jump.
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Danity Kane Returns With a Pop-Ready “Rhythm of Love” [FULL STREAM] @danitykane

Danity Kane Returns with a Pop-Ready Rhythm of Love

Danity Kane Returns With a Pop-Ready “Rhythm of Love”

There is much awry in the world of Danity Kane, and yet their music lives on! The girls band that originally rose to prominence in 2005 under the tutelage of Diddy, has long since parted ways from Bad Boy Records. And while the group has had some shake ups over the years, three members remained to comprise a new rendition of the band DK3. Unfortunately, just earlier this month the band decided to officially dismember for good. That said, they still have music hot off the presses! “Rhythm of Love” is a pop-oriented song, that plays to the niche the ladies always had. Check it out below for nostalgia’s sake of the band that was once our collective TV obsession.
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